Our online Master of Legal Studies candidates come from a wide range of backgrounds. Because of the diversity of candidates’ careers and skill sets, the admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. This means that both the applicant’s professional experience and their academic background are taken into consideration for admission.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission. To apply to the Pepperdine Law online Master of Legal studies program, applicants must submit:
The application fee for the online Master of Legal Studies program is $50 and is nonrefundable. Students who submit their applications by the priority submit deadline can take advantage of an application fee waiver.
Official, sealed transcripts are required from all academic institutions attended, including community colleges, and can be mailed to the following address:
It is common for academic institutions to issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, applicants should specify that transcript(s) be sent to email@example.com. If listed as an option through a vendor, select Pepperdine University – School of Law Online. This will expedite the delivery of transcripts, allowing candidates to complete their application sooner.
If you are a veteran or active-duty military personnel, you can now send your transcripts electronically through the Joint Services Transcript (JST) database. To request your military transcripts online, log on to the Joint Services Transcript website and select “Pepperdine University – Master in Legal Studies Online.”
International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores as well as a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of any foreign transcripts. If credits were earned at an international institution outside of a study-abroad program, applicants will need to have course work evaluated by WES.
Letter of Recommendation
Applications must include one letter of recommendation from someone who can provide a meaningful assessment of a candidate’s character and ability, such as a manager, community leader, professor, faculty member, academic advisor, or mentor.
Applicants may choose to provide up to two additional letters of recommendation. A maximum of three letters will be accepted.
Statement of Purpose
All applicants are required to write a two-page personal statement that indicates their reasons for pursuing a Master of Legal Studies at Pepperdine Law and how they plan to use this degree to enhance their career. The statement should include the applicant's personal, academic, and professional background and explain how Pepperdine's mission integrates with their own motivations for earning this degree. Review our mission and vision information.
Candidates should submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) that details relevant professional and academic experience, including any awards or honors received and volunteer work.
In addition to the requirements listed above, candidates will also participate in a video interview, conducted over the virtual platform by an admissions counselor.